Suwannee Rising Schedule Promises to Be a Rager

We’ve been waiting almost a year since the 2020 Suwannee Rising Music & Arts Festival had to be shelved, but now we are just a week and a day away from musical nirvana at the happiest place in the world, also known as the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Before we look at the daily schedule, be sure that everyone in your pod has filled out the park’s waiver form. And make plans to meet your other friends BEFORE 3 p.m. or AFTER 11 p.m., as you are expected to stay in your pod except to use restrooms, return to campsites, or visit the vendors. No mingling outside of your assigned space or within spaces assigned to others. PLEASE follow protocols so that we can have MORE safe and sound events at the park.

As we face the stage, the Funk Stage will be on the RIGHT, and the Jam Stage will be on the LEFT.

 

THURSDAY

Anthill Cinema get the honor of opening Rising 2021, and they are ready! This outstanding seven-piece experimental fusion collective from St. Petersburg were superb at the inaugural Suwannee Rising (as The Difference), and they have moved several levels beyond the day. Talk about setting the tone!

Anthill Cinema – HTNYR – Mandi Nulph

 

The most deserving of bands that performed at the 2019 fest was The Melody Trucks Band, and they too were great. Their album release party (for Walking in Gratitude) was pure dynamite; the park is always glad to have this fine collective fronted by the daughter of the late Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band.

Melody Trucks Band. Photo credit: Frank Allen Sr.

 

If you’ve seen Mark Lettieri with his group or with Snarky Puppy, then you already know what the buzz is all about. Lettieri is a fine guitarist, composer, and band leader. Thursday just gets better and better.

Mark Lettieri

 

And then… the return of BIG Something to SoSMP. Ever since their first appearance at Wanee Music Festival 2016, the boys from Mebane NC have been on a tear, hosting their own festival The BIG What? and in demand for Jam Cruise and many other events. Haven’t seen them in a while? Time to get “Illuminated”!

BIG Something. 📷: Mandi Nulph

 

FRIDAY

Magnolia Boulevard are an excellent “new” quintet from Lexington — well, new to many of us, but not for long!!!

 

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio were slated to appear at the ill-fated 2020 fest, so it is heartwarming to see them back on the lineup for this year. DLO3 play vintage organ trio jazz stylings recalling the ’50s through the ’70s with covers and originals.

 

Goose. Those who have already been Goosed could try to help those who have not YET been Goosed what to expect, but what fun would THAT be? Two sets!

Goose

 

Lettuce are on the short list of SoSMP ambassadors, having appeared dozens of times at numerous events, including Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival and AURA Music & Arts Festival (both of blessed memory). This amazing New York funk tsunami does it all.

Lettuce shot by Dalia Jakubauskas

 

SATURDAY

Eric Krasno, like Lettuce, is one of the park’s best ambassadors, having played there numerous times with Soulive, his band Chapter 2, and Dr. Klaw. We certainly will be glad to hear Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 again!

Eric Krasno

 

After Jam Cruise a couple years back, we opined “There is Nothing Even Remotely Like an Andy Frasco & the U.N. Concert.” We stand by that sentiment.

Andy Frasco shot by Zach Sanders

 

Lettuce are back for day two primarily so that Lee Rissin can use up whatever lettuce he has left over from Friday. Nice of them, really!

 

Umphrey’s McGee have more recently also achieved that ambassador status following their appearance at Wanee 2016 and numerous Suwannee Hulaween sets. They first played the park at the first Bear Creek in 2008! These gents get two sets to send us deliriously on our way.

Umphrey’s McGee shot by Zach Sanders

 

Seems simple enough. You don’t need to miss a single minute of the music!

 

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